ST. CHARLES – Throughout the month of April, the St. Charles Public Library will celebrate One Book, One Community, a shared, city-wide reading experience.
"Station Eleven" by Emily St. John Mandel has been selected as this year's choice for the program. Throughout the month, there will be book discussions, speakers, a theatrical performance and a wide variety of programming.
Teens and kids are invited to join in the celebration too by reading the companion novel, "Life As We Knew It" by Susan Beth Pfeffer and the picture book "Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood," by F. Isabel Campoy.
A complete list of the One Book, One Community programs and events is available at the library's website at scpld.org.
The library will embark on its month-long celebration of reading together at its Community Bash, which will be from 1 to 3 p.m. April 6. Participants can learn more about "Station Eleven" and experience scenes from the book at this event, which will be complete with food, giveaways, hands-on activities and more.
Community members participating in this event include local Boy and Girl Scout troops, the City of St. Charles Emergency Management Agency, St. Charles History Museum and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.
The month-long celebration concludes with a special presentation at 7 p.m. April 29 at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Mandel will share her story and inspiration for writing "Station Eleven."
The event is free and open to the public. She will also autograph a select number of copies of "Station Eleven."
Registration is suggested as seating is available on a first-come, first served basis. Registering does not guarantee a seat.
For more information about "Station Eleven" or the programming available for all ages, go to the library's website at scpld.org or call 630-584-0076. The St. Charles Public Library is located at One South Sixth Ave. in St. Charles.